Pore named D-2 Pro League MVP

[AWARDS] The Portland Timbers' Ryan Pore, who led the USSF D-2 Pro League in scoring with 15 goals, was named the league's MVP.

Pore and Austin's Eddie Johnson, who joined him on the Best XI, have signed with the Timbers for their 2011 MLS season.

Another Best XI selection, young Brazilian Paulo Araujo Jr., has already moved on to MLS, joining Real Salt Lake on loan from Miami FC for the remainder of the 2010 MLS campaign.

Johnson, Araujo and Vancouver's Martin Nash are the only Best XI players who did not have previous MLS experience before this year.

Individual Awards
Most Valuable Player: Ryan Pore (Portland Timbers)
Defender of the Year: Greg Janicki (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Goalkeeper of the Year: Jay Nolly (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Rookie of The Year: Maxwell Griffin (Austin Aztex)
Coach of the Year: Bob Lilley (Rochester Rhinos)

Best XI
Goalkeeper:
Jay Nolly, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Defenders:
Greg Janicki, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Aaron Pitchkolan, Rochester Rhinos
Troy Roberts, Rochester Rhinos

Midfielders:
Ryan Pore, Portland Timbers
Martin Nash, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Jamie Watson, Austin Aztex
Paulo Araujo, Jr., Miami FC
Daniel Paladini, Carolina RailHawks

Forwards:
Eddie Johnson, Austin Aztex
Ali Gerba, Montreal Impact

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